Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city and second most visited with Sydney coming in at number one. Melbourne, the capital of the state Victoria is a wonderful place to take the family for a holiday. With so much to do inside and outside of the city you will be wanting to come back again and again. Below is a list of the top 10 things to do in Sydney while on your family holiday.
- Eureka Tower/Skydeck
Eureka Towe is named after the 1854 gold rush rebellion, The Eureka Stockade. The Eureka Tower is a 91-story building in South Bank. Visitors can go up to the 88th floor and take in the inspiring views that Melbourne has to offer. For those a little more adventurous they can add ‘The Edge’ to their experience. The Edge is a glass cube that slides out 3 meters from the building which will bring excitement to both children and adults.
- Ballarat and Sovereign Hill
Since we mentioned the Eureka Stockade just before this is the perfect time to talk about Ballarat and Sovereign Hill. Home to the Eureka Stockade Ballarat’s main attraction is Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is an open air museum allowing you to step back in time to the 1850’s. With working exhibits, costumed characters, over 40 horses and set on an original mining site, Sovereign Hill will offer a fun and entertaining history lesson about the Australian Gold Rush and the lives of the people who lived and work there. Children will love stepping back in time and seeing what life was like without internet and smartphones.
- Old Melbourne Gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid 1800’s and remained in use until 1929. Home for a while to Australia’s most infamous bush rangers, Ned Kelly. A tour through the Old Melbourne Gaol gives an interesting insight to what it was like for the men and women who lived here and died here. Also, there is nothing like a trip to a prison to get the children to behave!!
- Yarra River Cruise
Sit back and relax while you and the family enjoy a Yarra River cruise. Take in the sites of Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of their famous sporting arenas. Cruise past one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern hemisphere. Victoria Docks will give you a snapshot of Melbourne’s rich heritage.
- Legoland Discovery Centre
In 2017 Melbourne joined the Legoland family when it opened Legoland Discovery Centre just outside of the city in Chadstone. With 13 attractions there is bound to be something for the children and the children at heart. Some of the attractions include: Miniland, Lego 4D Cinema, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride and Lego Factory Tour just to name a few.
- 12 Apostles
275km from Melbourne along the scenic Great Ocean Road you will find the 12 Apostles. Take in the rugged grandeur of the famous 12 Apostles (8 remaining). Magnificent rock stacks that rise up majestically from the Southern Ocean.
Created by constant erosion of the limestone cliffs of the mainland beginning 10–20 million years ago. The stormy Southern Ocean and blasting winds gradually eroded the softer limestone, forming caves in the cliffs.
Overtime the caves became arches and when they gave way rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore.
- Sea Life Melbourne
Sea Life Melbourne is an aquarium located on the corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne. It is situated on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex.
Sea Life Melbourne is separated into 11 different zones which are: Penguin Playground, Coral Caves, Bay of Rays, Mangroves and Rockpools, Crocodile Lair, Mermaid Garden, Coral Atoll, Interactive Wonder Wall, Shipwreck Explorer, Seahorse Pier and Rainforest Adventure.
Sea Life has a wide range of animal experiences which is well worth looking at if you want that little more out of your visit. For some children need to be a certain age.
- Melbourne Zoo
First opened in 1862, this 22 hectare zoo is home to over 300 species of animals. See majestic Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers and Orang-utans swinging through the trees. See koalas and kangaroos in Australian bush setting or visit the Gorilla Rainforest. The Melbourne Zoo also has an exciting new interactive exhibit designed especially for children. They will get to learn all about the animals, and how the zoo is fighting to save wildlife from extinction and what we all can do to help.
Some of the attractions and exhibits are: Lion Gorge, Keeper Kids, Orang-utan Sanctuary, Growing Wild, Wild Sea, the aware winning Trail of the Elephants, Butterfly House, Lemur Island, Baboon Lookout, Reptile House & World of Frogs, and Australian Bush.
Other notable things to see and do in Melbourne that are worth a mention include:
- Queen Victoria Markets
- Chinese Museum
- Werribee Open Range Zoo
- The Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria
As mentioned at the start, Melbourne is a city that you will want to keep coming back to which is a good thing as there is so much to see and do it would be hard to fit it in to just one holiday.